Category Archives: Education

NRCA Commends U.S. Senate Committee Approval of Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

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NRCA commends the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions’ approval of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. The legislation is designed to reform and reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act of 2006.

NRCA believes the legislation, approved June 26 will provide expanded opportunities for work-based learning and incentives to encourage the development of industry recognized credentials. The legislation also will provide for more effective engagement between roofing industry employers and educators in the development of CTE programs in the future.

Workforce development is one of the most difficult challenges facing NRCA members. Reforming CTE programs that operate under the Perkins Act is critical to helping our members address their future workforce needs.

We also are pleased to see policy recommendations from NRCA and other associations have largely been incorporated into the legislation.

NRCA will continue to work with key lawmakers to ensure this legislation is passed in the U.S. Senate.

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Virginia County’s ‘Signing Day’ Celebrates Seniors Headed to Jobs, Not College

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Photo Courtesy of Henrico County Public Schools, Henrico County, Va.

On April 18, the Today Show shared the story of Henrico County Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education department’s first ever “Career and Technical Letter of Intent Signing Day,” which was held March 28 in Henrico County, Va.

Similar to National Signing Day for athletes, families and members of the media watched high school seniors sign letters of intent for employment upon graduation. The letters outlined what students must do before and during employment, what the employer will provide in pay and training and an estimate of the position’s value.

The purpose of Signing Day was to recognize students who have chosen to use the career training and industry certifications they obtained in high school to begin a career and become financially secure much earlier in life than many of their peers.

NRCA actively works and advocates for increased career and technical education (CTE) training in high schools across the U.S. In recent years it has become increasingly difficult for roofing contractors to find applicants to fill job openings despite vigorous efforts to recruit workers.

One of the primary causes of this difficulty has been the trend of parents and high school guidance counselors to steer students to a four-year college. The reality is a high percentage of students who go to college do not complete their first year and often consider themselves to be failures. They typically don’t wind up finding the construction industry or the roofing industry as a career option until they are well into their twenties.

Events such as Henrico County Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education’s Signing Day shine a light on the many misconceptions of learning a trade and beginning a career upon high school graduation.

NRCA applauds Henrico County Public Schools and the organizers of this unique event and hopes more high schools throughout the U.S. follow their lead.

To read the Today Show’s article about Signing Day in its entirety, click below.

NRCA to Launch its ProCertification, Worker Training Initiative in 2018

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To address the great need for skilled workers in the roofing industry, NRCA is launching a national worker certification initiative, ProCertification, later this year. The program will provide those interested in entering the industry with a clear career path based on industry-specific training courses and earned credentials.

ProCertification is comprised of two separate components: Training and Certifications.

Training

ProCertification training programs will teach installation skills to roofing field employees in roof system installation, waterproofing, rooftop solar, and repair and maintenance.

Because every roofing contractor operates his or her company differently and uses different manufacturers’ materials, the purpose of ProCertification is to teach comprehension and skills based on industry standards and best practices presented in The NRCA Roofing Manual. Roof system installers will be directed to follow instructions of their foremen, who are responsible for directing crews to adhere to manufacturers instruction and company practices.

ProCertification training programs to be released in 2018 are: basic roofing skills; low-slope decks, insulation and flashing concepts; and thermoplastic single-ply roof system installation.

Trainers throughout the U.S. will be qualified by NRCA and trained to help installers learn and practice skills necessary to successfully complete ProCertification training

Certification

Certification through this program enables experienced roofing professionals to demonstrate they can perform the work to industry standards. Participants will be able to earn certifications in all major roof system, waterproofing and rooftop solar installations, as well as roof system repair and maintenance.

Hands-on skills of ProCertification participants will be verified by NRCA Qualified Assessors. Online training for assessors will be available summer 2018.

For more information about NRCA ProCertification, visit www.nrca.net/NRCA-ProCertification.

NRCA continues to push for reform of career and technical education federal policies

Professional Roofing’s August issue highlights NRCA’s continued efforts to reform career and technical education federal policies.

Roof Repair and Maintenance (5)In June, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353), legislation that would reform and reauthorize CTE programs operated under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.

NRCA’s efforts to work with Congress to improve policy governing career and technical education (CTE) are highlighted in “Educating for the 21st Century,” an article published in Professional Roofing’s August issue.

The article states NRCA believes more effective CTE programs are vital to the long-term prosperity of the roofing industry. It is becoming increasingly difficult for contractors, manufacturers, distributors and other industry employers to find enough workers to fill job openings despite vigorous efforts to recruit new employees.

NRCA is urging Congress to improve and expand CTE programs to help meet the growing need for skilled applicants for well-paying roofing jobs. NRCA member companies provide career opportunities for those with the proper skills and work ethic. Reformed and expanded CTE programs can help provide students with the skills needed to pursue rewarding careers in the roofing industry.

In 2015, Congress began developing legislation to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which authorizes and provides more than $1 billion in funding for CTE programs at secondary and post-secondary levels. Policies governing these programs have not been updated since 2006, and their effectiveness for meeting the current needs of employers is in question.

NRCA has worked with lawmakers to develop policies designed to improve and expand CTE opportunities to meet the challenging workforce development needs of our members. The goal is to provide new opportunities for employers to collaborate with educators at the state and local levels to develop CTE programs designed to achieve employers’ workforce objectives.

According the article, a reauthorized Perkins Act will provide maximum flexibility in the design of CTE programs to ensure they are truly effective for meeting rapidly changing economic demands. In addition, there is a need for expanded employer-sponsored internships, on-the-job training opportunities, new sector partnerships between employer and educational institutions, and more incentives for the development of industry recognized credentials.

In 2016, a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) introduced the first iteration of H.R. 2353 which included policy recommendations developed by NRCA and allied groups. After passing the House, the Senate failed to take action on the legislation before adjourning at the end of 2016.

In 2017, at NRCA’s urging, the House renewed its efforts, and a revised bill was approved with strong bipartisan support in June. However, bipartisan differences in the Senate over education policy present an obstacle to Senate passage.

It is critical all NRCA members support this effort by contacting their senators in support of the bill. NRCA recognizes the importance of workforce development to its members and will continue working with lawmakers to pass the legislation. When implemented in the coming years, programs developed under the reforms in H.R. 2353 could be critical to enabling roofing industry employers to meet their workforce needs.

To read this article in its entirety visit http://www.professionalroofing.net/Articles/Education-for-the-21st-century–08-01-2017/4065/.

 

 

NRCA Member Queen City Roofing’s Brian Draper is the First to Complete ProForeman Certificate Program

Brian Draper of Springfield, Mo.-based Queen City Roofing is NRCA’s first certified ProForeman. Draper successfully completed the ProForeman Certificate Program, which provides essential leadership skills to apply toward his role as company foreman.

NRCA’s ProForeman program helps roofing foremen shift their perspectives of their roles from being roof system installation managers to company leaders.

The program focuses on six main topics: general education, roofing technology, construction/business practices, leadership, safety and training others.

By completing the ProForeman program Draper has gained a stronger ability to effectively communicate with company personnel and customers about job sites; articulate aspects of effective crew, company and customer leadership; and train others on working on a roofing crew.

An article about Draper’s accomplishments, as well as Queen City Roofing’s history of accomplishments, recently was published in the Springfield Business Journal. The article in its entirety can be read below.

For more information about NRCA’s ProForeman program, visit www.nrca.net/roofing/ProForeman-Certificate-Program-451.

NRCA Partners with Bilingual America to Empower Latinos in the Roofing Industry

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The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced it will partner with Bilingual America to host Latino Roofing Success Day Feb. 28 in Dallas. The Spanish-language program is designed to inspire Latino roofing workers to see their value within the roofing industry.

Roofing contractors are encouraged to send their Latino workers to attend Latino Roofing Success Day to motivate them to achieve success within their companies.

“Latino Roofing Success Day is designed to transform the mindset of Latino roofing workers and to help them recognize their significance in the industry,” says Amy Staska, NRCA’s associate executive director of education.

Ricardo González, founder and CEO of Bilingual America, will be the event’s featured speaker. He has been an active speaker within the roofing industry, most recently as a keynote speaker at the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association’s annual conference, and is the author of The 12 Hidden Truths to Learning Spanish.

Latino Roofing Success Day will teach Latino roofing workers to think differently and take more initiative; encourage them to take ownership of their work and help improve company processes; and teach them about best industry practices through networking opportunities.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net/store/detail/latino-roofing-success-day-spanish-language-program/1350.

NRCA Partners with GAF to Launch a Website Dedicated to Safety for Roofing Workers

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In an effort to help roofing contractors provide more on-the-job safety measures for their employees, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has partnered with Parsippany, N.J.-based GAF to launch the GAF Commercial Roof Safety Guide (www.gaf.com/safety), a website focusing on low-slope roofing safety. The website will include a series of webinars conducted by NRCA; the first webinar is scheduled for Jan. 28.

Along with the Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA), NRCA and GAF have partnered to develop this resource to increase contractors’ awareness, understanding and compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety requirements.

“NRCA will provide health and safety resources for GAF contractors in the form of select NRCA products and content experts for the GAF webinar series that will address OSHA issues related to roofing industry fall protection, ladder and scaffold safety, hazard communication and personal protective equipment,” says Harry Dietz, NRCA’s director of enterprise risk management.

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Dietz will conduct the Jan. 21 webinar, which will focus on OSHA’s duty to have fall protection as it relates to roofing job sites.

A recent survey conducted by GAF found 49- percent of roofing contractors who perform low-slope roofing work wanted more training regarding OSHA standards and required safety equipment. The creation of http://www.gaf.com/safety is meant to address this need and provide a resource for contractors to access training, documents and equipment that enhance their awareness regarding low-slope roofing safety.

Visit http://www.gaf.com/safety for additional NRCA University safety webinars that are currently available.